Ukraine managed to stop 'blitzkrieg' on Russia's return to PACE – Ariev
Ukraine has managed to block the initiative to return the Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), PACE Vice President and Bloc of Petro Poroshenko MP Volodymyr Ariev has said.
"We managed to stop the blitzkrieg on the return of the Russian Federation and hold many important negotiations that add optimism to the future. Our struggle for truth, the rule of law and human rights continues. Everything is only ahead at the PACE session in 2018," he wrote on his Facebook page on Friday.
According to him, PACE supported important amendments from the Ukrainian delegation to the resolution on the development of the monitoring procedure.
"In addition to another reminder of aggression in Donbas and annexation of Crimea, the assembly again demanded that the Russian Federation comply with PACE resolutions on these issues. In the context of efforts by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe and other supporters of Russia's return without any prerequisites, this may be an important signal for those who want to sell principles for the restoration of Russian financing," Ariev wrote.
The Russian delegation was deprived of its voting rights in PACE in 2014 due to the situation in Ukraine. Russian parliamentarians, in turn, refused to attend PACE sessions.